Thursday, March 9, 2017

5 Injustices That Fuel The Fight For Equality

By:  Erica Banas    

This Sunday (March 12), the Oakland/Macomb chapter of NOW, along with Jill Farber-Bramson, Reclaim, Northland Family Planning, AAUW Detroit Branch,, will be hosting a special screening of the documentary Equal Means Equal at the Maple Theatre in Bloomfield Twp.

Directed by Kamala Lopez, Equal Means Equal examines the injustice all women face in the United States today in a number of issues, from the wage gap to pregnancy discrimination and everywhere in between.  In honor of this screening, we look at five statistics that continue to fuel our fight for equality.

1.  The wage gap between men and women isn’t the only one that exists.

Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, white women who were full-time/salary workers in 2015 earned 81 percent of what white men made.  Sadly, that percentage drops for African American women and Hispanic women.  African American women earned 69 percent of what white men made, while Hispanic women earned 62 percent.

2.  If you’re a woman AND a mother, prepare to for more financial cuts.

Besides the United States being the only developed nation without paid maternity leave, the American Journal of Sociology identified a “Motherhood Penalty” in which mothers see a 4% decrease in their salary per child.

3.  The future of reproductive healthcare is more uncertain than ever.

Since the inauguration of President Donald Trump, a number of threats have been made against reproductive healthcare both at the federal and state level.  One of latest threats came from President Trump in which Planned Parenthood would continue to receive federal funding so long as they discontinue their abortion services despite abortion services comprising only 3% of the organization’s total services.

4.  More women were killed because of domestic violence than U.S. troops in Afghanistan from 2001-2012.

Per statistics from Politifact and Upworthy, 2,002 U.S. troops died while serving in Afghanistan over an 11-year span from 2001-2012.  During that same time frame, 11,766 women died in the U.S. from incidents of domestic violence.

5.  A large amount of women convicted of homicide acted in self-defense against an abuser.

According to Solidarity, 40-80% of women who’ve been convicted of murder were acting in self-defense against an abuser.  Most of those women convicted do not have previous offenses.

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